Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK

The UK’s first ever exhibition of graphic design from North Korea

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"A rare glimpse into an isolated graphic culture" Financial Times
"Offers a new perspective by looking at everyday life there" Design Week
"A superb exhibition" 
★★★★★ Londonist
"It’s bonkers and beautiful. All the best things are" @beccamagnus

Hundreds of original objects including food packaging, ticket stubs and stamps, together with hand-painted propaganda posters and comics, give an unprecedented insight into everyday life in the DPRK.

The exhibition displays the collection of Nicholas Bonner, the foremost expert on North Korean graphic culture, tourism and film, who has led tours to the country for 25 years.

It follows the release of his book Made in North Korea: Graphics from Everyday Life in the DPRK (Phaidon).

This collection represents common objects given beautiful status by the hand-drawn graphics from North Korea’s most creative designers. Some of the work is elaborate but the basic designs too should not be overlooked – minimalistic simplicity creating beautifully rhythmic artwork.” Nicholas Bonner

Dates for your diary:
26 March: One-off exhibition tour with Nicholas Bonner at House of Illustration
28 March:  UK premiere of North Korea’s first girl power movie, Comrade Kim Goes Flying, at Barbican Cinema (sold out)
19 April: Talk on comics from North and South Korea with Paul Gravett at House of Illustration 

Important to know:
- One ticket covers admission to all House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day. Buy tickets below.
- This exhibition is particularly busy on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-4.30pm. If you would like a quieter experience please consider visiting before or after these peak times.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult ticket with gift aid£8.25 £8.25
Concession ticket with gift aid£5.50 £5.50
Over 65 ticket with gift aid£7.15 £7.15
Child ticket with gift aid£4.40 £4.40
Family ticket with gift aid£19.80 £19.80
Adult ticket£7.50 £7.50
Concession ticket£5.00 £5.00
Over 65 ticket£6.50 £6.50
Child ticket£4.00 £4.00
Family ticket£18.00 £18.00

Ticket information:

Your ticket covers admission to ALL exhibitions that are open on the day of your visit. Check our What's On page for details of current exhibitions and the Visit Us page for opening hours.

Concessions: student, job seeker, disabled (any paying disabled visitor can be accompanied by their carer free of charge)
Child: aged 5-18, under 5s go free
Family: up to 2 adults and 3 children under 18
Groups: groups of 10 people or more get a 10% discount when paying at our front desk
National Art Pass: 50% off when you present your card at our front desk
Friends: unlimited free entry

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